Seville City Breaks

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High Culture and Romantic Operas

Spain's great southern city of Seville has a romantic past and a rich Moorish heritage. Seville is a perfect Spanish city break destination. The city is the regional capital of Andalucia, which contains the densely populated beach resorts of the Costa del Sol along its southern reaches, and the mountain villages of the Sierra Nevada range further inland, about 25 miles (40km) from the coast.

Seville, in Spain has an impressive collection of historical sights, including its Cathedral, which is the largest Gothic building in the world. Having been occupied by the Moors for 500 years it also has a legacy left by the Arab kings in the form of the Alcazar, a palace-fortress that is regarded as one of the finest existing examples of Moorish architecture. It is the perfect setting for high culture and romantic operas like Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro; the poet Byron however rated Seville for its women and oranges. Modern visitors might add flamenco and tapas to the list. The soul of the city is best epitomised during its two passion-filled grand festivals, the Semana Santa, held the week before Easter, and the Feria de Abril, held two weeks after Easter Sunday.

The area around Seville itself does not provide much in the way of tourist attractions, except for the rural villages of the Sierra Morena to the north, which offer some perfect walking trails between the modest mountain peaks, particularly in spring when the area is carpeted with wild flowers.

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